crawl space encapsulation

Crawl Space Encapsulation

Not many people pay attention to their crawl spaces. That is not until they are experiencing problems with the space. However, this often, overlooked space plays an important role in the home as its foundation. It also has the potential to increase the square footage of your home if it is cared for properly.

However, a neglected crawl space often results in many problems within the home. Crawl space encapsulation is a great solution that can solve many of these problems.

  1. Mold

This is one of the most common problems in open and unfinished crawl spaces. The combination of poor air flow and water accumulation in the crawl space makes it the perfect environment for the growth of mold.

Encapsulation involves closing off the crawl space from the external environment. The floor and sides of the crawl space are covered with a vapor barrier. A dehumidifier is also installed to keep the space dry. This will ensure that your crawl space will stay dry for the long term.

  1. Pests

Crawl spaces that are open are often dark and damp places. Animals and insects are able to access the space easily. The environment offers a great place for breeding for pests, such as rodents, snakes, termites and raccoons.

Crawl space encapsulation will keep the crawl space clean. It will also prevent pests from being able to access the crawl space. This will ensure that your home remains pest free.

  1. Air quality

Did you know that more than 60% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space? The health of your crawl space will therefore affect the quality of the air in your home. It is therefore important to ensure that your crawl space is in good condition.

Encapsulation will ensure that your crawl space is clean and dry. This in turn will ensure that the air circulating in your home is healthy.

  1. Energy saving

Heating and cooling your home can cost quite a lot if you have a vented crawl space. The heated or cooled air will escape through the floor boards, into the crawl space and out into the surrounding environment. Your HVAC system will have to work much harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. Crawl space encapsulation will prevent this by keeping the air in the crawl space. No heat is lost or gained from the external environment through the crawl space.